Impact of new entrants on the Safeguard Mechanism emissions budget
To understand the potential risks to meeting the Safeguard Mechanism emissions budget, RepuTex was engaged by the Climate Council and the Australian Conservation Foundation to model the potential effects of higher-than-expected emissions growth due to variation in fossil fuel production, and new entrants, on the...
The Western Australian Restoration Economy
E. Trevenen, Kim Kiatkoski, J. Jonson, R. Pandit, S. Whitten, M. Poole, M. Kragt
This project was carried out to understand the size and scope of the Western Australian Restoration Economy and, as such, the authors undertook a market-based assessment and gap analysis. An included, draft roadmap identifies actions to lift Western Australia’s ability to deliver meaningful, large-scale ecological...
The Menindee Lakes Water Savings Project – an example of poor decision-making
This report finds that despite promises of significant water savings, the decision-making process for the Menindee Lakes project was poor practice and a poor example of effective governance. This profoundly affected the legitimacy and implementation of the project, particularly in relation to the local community...
Green expectations: involving communities in landscape change
This report examines whether expected changes to land use and management will create a need for new policy and mechanisms to rebalance interests between different communities. The authors propose three changes that would reduce tensions within communities and make sure their benefits from altering land...
Queensland's green tape crisis: an analysis of the growth of Queensland's environmental bureaucracy and agricultural sector
This report estimates the size and growth of Queensland’s environmental bureaucracy since the year 2000, and compares it against the size and growth of Queensland’s agricultural sector.
Nature positive plan: better for the environment, better for business
This document forms the Australian government's response the Independent Review of the EPBC Act, conducted by Graeme Samuel in 2021. It sets out the government’s commitment to reform Australia’s environmental laws to better protect, restore and manage Australia's unique environment.
Policy futures: a reform agenda
It is intended that this publication will serve to increase the accessibility of valuable evidence and experiences to policy-makers within Australia. The University of Queensland and the Winston Churchill Memorial Trust also hope that it will encourage more partnership approaches toward developing public policy that...
In December 2021, the Queensland Government’s Statewide Land and Tree Study (SLATS) released the most recent detections of forest and woodland destruction for 2018-19 using a new and more accurate methodology. This report analyses the 2018-19 SLATS data to quantify destruction of forested habitats for...
Logging off: a cost-benefit analysis of land use options for the native forests of the Central Highlands, Victoria
Australia is home to some of the world’s most ancient forests. This paper offers policy-makers a blueprint for assessing the true value of our native forests. Recognising the inherent preferencing of the quantitative (particularly when it comes to Expenditure Review Committee processes), the authors conduct...
Valuing forest ecosystem services in New Zealand
In this paper, the author describes several ecosystem service frameworks and outlines how these frameworks can inform land use decisions, with a particular focus on those involving forests.
Draft forest management plan 2024-2033
This draft strategy outlines the Western Australian government's approach to protecting and managing forests in Western Australia’s south-west national parks, conservation parks, nature reserves, State forests and timber reserves.
Lessons from the history of UK environmental policy
This report aims to provide policy-makers with an opportunity to revisit, review and reflect on environmental policies in the United Kingdom over the years. In doing so, the intention is that lessons can be learnt from the successes and failures of previous environmental policies.
National Policy Statement for Highly Productive Land 2022
This National Policy Statement for Highly Productive Land (NPS-HPL) is about ensuring the availability of New Zealand’s most favourable soils for food and fibre production, now and for future generations. The policy provides direction to improve the way highly productive land is managed under the...
EPA climate change policy: draft for consultation
This draft policy document has been prepared to send a signal to regulated industries that the NSW EPA will be working with them to support and drive cost-effective decarbonisation, while implementing adaptation initiatives that build resilience to climate change risks.
Climate change action plan 2022–25: draft for consultation
The NSW EPA is taking action to protect the environment and community from the impacts of climate change, and will work with industry, experts and the community. This draft plan has been released for public comment.
The nature-based economy: how Australia’s prosperity depends on nature
This report calculates the Australian economy’s direct dependence on nature and the variation in direct dependency for every major industry sector. It also calls for government to create strong environment laws that protect nature and establishing an independent regulator to enforce them.
What is environmental degradation, what are its causes, and how to respond?
This working paper explores the question: what is environmental degradation and what are its causes? The paper is aimed at providing a quick overview of the debates, helping to inform discussions about environmental restoration and protection.
The social and economic costs of environmental legal activism
This report has been prepared to argue that the Albanese Government’s proposed Climate Change Bill 2022 will expand the scope for green activists to challenge approvals for critical resource projects. It also outlines the potential economic consequences of such actions.
National biosecurity strategy 2022-2032
The task for Australia’s biosecurity system is becoming increasingly complex, creating new challenges for governments, industry and other stakeholders in protecting Australia’s biosecurity status. This strategy document outlines a collective vision for Australia’s future biosecurity system.
Australia state of the environment 2021: overview
The state of the environment report is a comprehensive assessment of the health of every aspect of Australia's environment. Written by independent experts, it analyses the best available evidence every five years to guide policy and action.
Tackling Australia’s coal mine methane problem
This report provides an overview of the policy levers and practices which could lead to a reduction in coal mine methane, and makes recommendations targeted at improving the measurement, reporting, mitigation and, ultimately, avoidance of coal mine methane emissions.
Fight fire with finance: a randomized field experiment to curtail land-clearing fire in Indonesia
This paper presents a randomised evaluation of collective pay-for-performance payments for ecosystem services. The authors test whether community-level fiscal incentives can curtail the use of land clearing fire, a major source of emissions and negative health externalities, in a critical low regulation setting. The program...
An environmental fig leaf? Restoring integrity to the Emissions Reduction Fund
Emissions have increased under Australia’s only climate policy, the Emissions Reduction Fund (ERF). The authors of this paper argue that the ERF requires a comprehensive and independent review to assess its integrity and, most importantly, its role in helping Australia meet its climate targets.
Unpacking representations of ‘the environment’ in local government environmental discourses
This research explores environmental discourses of local councils situated in the Merri Creek catchment in metropolitan Melbourne, Australia, a settler-colonial country.
Averting extinctions: the case for strengthening Australia’s threat abatement system
This report by five national conservation groups warns that Australia faces an avalanche of imminent extinctions requiring policy and regulatory responses and restoration programs which strengthen the threat abatement system.